Bangladesh will propose to host the opening or final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, which will be staged in four Asian countries Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, reports BDNEWS.
"We will propose to stage the opening or final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bangladesh," Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Ali Ashgar Lobi told reporters at a press conference at a city hotel Thursday.
BCB Vice-president Aziz Al Kaiser Titu, General Secretary Mahbub Anam, Joint Secretaries Reazuddin Al Mamun, Rafiqul Islam Babu and CEO Mahmudur Rahman were present on the occasion.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman, who Thursday chaired the inter-ministerial meeting for the Asian Games Hockey Tournament beginning on May 11, was supposed to attend the press conference.
But the BCB president informed the press that the state minister was sick and would be unable to attend the press conference.
"The 2011 Cricket World Cup is still far away and nothing is finalised so far. A secretariat for the World Cup will be set up in Pakistan and everything will be decided later on," Lobi said.
The ICC meeting awarded Asia to host the 2011 Cricket World Cup after Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the bid 10-3 votes beating Australia and New Zealand.
Of total 51 matches, Bangladesh will host six matches at two venues among proposed three -Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS), Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and Narayanganj Osmani Stadium at Fatullah.
"We had proposed three venues BNS, Mirpur and Fatullah according to the biding criteria to stage the World Cup matches," Lobi said adding, "We don't want to involve any kind of controversy and politics to get back the possession of the BNS."
The BCB president on his arrival at the airport from Dubai expressed his desire to get back the Bangabandhu National Stadium to host the World Cup matches.
"If country's people want to see the World Cup matches at the BNS, we will host the matches at the this venue in the greater interest of country and the cricket-loving people in general," Lobi said adding that country's cricket had been initiated at the BNS."